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Media Memo: Civil Rights legend Minnijean Brown Trickey on campus March 10-11

TO: News/Assignment Editors and Directors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume, Director

DATE: March 9, 2009

SUBJECT: Civil Rights legend Minnijean Brown Trickey on campus March 10-11

The media is welcome to cover civil rights legend Minnijean Brown Trickey's March 10-11 visit to UW-Eau Claire.

Reporters who want to interview her can do so immediately before a 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, dinner with students in The Dulany in Davies Center or just prior to a 9 a.m. coffee session with students on Wednesday, March 11, in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center.

The civil rights legend who helped desegregate public schools will give a public lecture, titled "Return to Little Rock: A Seminal Moment in American Education and Civil Rights," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in Schofield Auditorium. A reception will follow at 8:30 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Davies Center.

Brown Trickey will meet with students for coffee at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the Skylight Lounge of Davies Center. She will then give a lecture for students, faculty and staff at 10 a.m. in Davies Theatre.

As a teenager, Brown Trickey entered the civil rights movement through the front doors of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. As a member of the Little Rock Nine, and in defiance of the state of Arkansas, she took her place in what had previously been a whites-only school.

Walking past armed guards and an angry mob, and in front of a worldwide television audience, Brown Trickey helped desegregate public schools and change the course of education in America.

Jodi Thesing-Ritter, associate dean of students, is coordinating the visit. You can reach her at 715-836-2325 or thesinjm@uwec.edu.

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